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Adaptable NPCs is getting ready for Print-on-Demand!

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Adaptable NPCs will soon be available in print-on-demand. If you've purchased this product prior to the print edition being made available, you will receive a discount code on the future print release.

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Dungeon Masters, immerse players in your world by bringing your non-player characters to life!

Contained within this supplement are 70 NPCs with unique statblocks (created by the team behind the best-selling Grimlore's Grimoire). Each NPC contains custom art, lore, and a stat block balanced for the 5e Challenge Rating system.

Additionally, 8 short adventures have been included. These adventures have been created for Dungeon Masters to introduce their players to some of the Adaptable NPCs with minimal preparation. Each adventure has high-resolution printable battle maps created by Justin Andrew Mason (DM & Player versions are included), an adventure background, a recommend party level, and room descriptions with encounters (both combat and roleplaying) utilizing NPCs from this supplement and the 5e monster manual. Note: The maps have been included as an additional download in a seperate .zip file.

Reviews

"If you're a DM, you need to have this in your bag of tricks. Not only are the NPCs solidly presented mechanically, they're presented with ideas on how to use them in your ongoing campaign. The mini-dungeons at the end even give you instantly-usable scenarios. So when your table throws you a curveball, you can still present them with a fully-realized encounter or series of encounters which will be satisfying." - R.P. Davis

"Grimlore’s done it AGAIN! 70 NPCs with absolutely STUNNING art, from CRs ⅛ to 15, perfect for dropping into any story, game, or campaign to flesh out a party or use for quest giving. This is also packed with 8 adventures, so well worth adding to your collection. I can’t wait until this is a Fantasy Grounds module as well, I’ll have both, please! Highly recommend."Rob Twohy (rob2e)

"Adaptable NPCs is a fantastic resource to help DMs in a pinch. Don't be surprised if some of these NPCs become the foundations for the most memorable characters in your Dungeons & Dragons campaign!" - Christian Hoffer (comicbook.com)

"Adaptable NPCs is a true hidden gem. From Dukes, Dragoons and Drunkards, to Scholars, Scoundrels and Seers, this supplement provides a much needed expansion for Dungeon Masters looking to pull out quick NPCs on the fly. Buy it and bring it to your table. You won't regret it." - Vall does DnD

"Even if you don’t need more NPC tools, the artwork alone is amazing. Combine that with the fact that you get 8 short adventures, complete with maps and tokens for all 70 NPCs, and you’re getting a lot."Tommy Williams (geektyrant.com)


Samples from the PDF

sample 1  sample 2

sample 3 sample 4

sample 5

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This supplement has also been converted for use in the Fantasy Grounds virtual tabletop! You can check it out by clicking the picture below!

Adaptable NPCs FG



If you enjoyed this product, please leave a review and feel free to check out my other releases!

Supplements:

Adaptable NPCs Link to the Deathseer PDF on DTRPG pale master listing link Vicar 5e PDF

Short Adventures:

The Rift (PDF version) Nightfall (PDF version) Mountain Summit link

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GG PDF

 
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Tim B May 20, 2019 1:11 am UTC
I see below that target for the POD was end of April....how’s the end of May looking? I’m really looking forward to the print version! :)
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Trevor A May 20, 2019 3:40 am UTC
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Hi Tim,

Unfortunately there was a small issue with the previous version. All files have been fixed, re-uploaded and passed initial inspection. Assuming no other issues, it should be available Late-May / Early June.

Also, I'm working with the DMsGuild to give everyone a discount code to purchase a print copy if they own the PDF version.

Cheers,
Trevor
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Christopher B April 19, 2019 9:16 am UTC
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I really enjoy the supplement, and I think the NPCs offered are fresh, unique, interesting while filling in some missing gaps with the NPCs offered in the official books and other DMG supplements. I appreciate the amount of high quality art, I really prefer supplements that are full of rich and inspiring illustrations. Trevor, I did read your response to Eric Watson's review of ANPCs and I also watched his video review of the product.
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Christopher B April 19, 2019 9:51 am UTC
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I was editing my comment into a very comprehensive response and it got cut off because of the DMG's timer function. Trevor, I will cut to the chase: I love the product, and it is hands-down one of the best NPC compendiums available on either the DMG or Drive-thru-RPG.

My point about the art: I saw Eric W's video review long after I had purchased ANPCs, and while I strongly disagreed with his complaint about the proportion of art to text (if anything, I would have preferred more art, not less), I did agree with his comment about how the female NPCs were depicted in an overly-sexualized manner that felt incongruous with how the male or non-gender specific NPCs were depicted. Nearly every female NPC is shown in scanty clothing with heaving cleavage. In contrast, the male NPCs are fully-clothed and look like tough warriors, capable clerics, powerful wizards, etc. Perhaps, if there had not been such a disparity between the male and female NPCs, the impression would not have been so jarring. Certainly,...See more
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Trevor A April 20, 2019 6:42 pm UTC
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Hi Christopher,

Thank you for your comments and high praise of Adaptable NPCs. It really means a lot! Regarding some of the art, I agree completely with Eric's review. However, sometimes as small community content creators, we must work within the confines of what is available for our meager production costs. I would love to have a substantial art budget for my products, but it is just not realistic for community content released on the DMsGuild.

I was very fortunate to work with the artists who contributed to ANPCs, allowing me to make a product without the typical stock art commonly used on the DMsGuild. ANPCs has ~80 unique pieces of art in it, and while some might not appeal to everyone, I hope everyone can find something they like. For me personally, the Priest of Death is my favorite piece in the book - i wish the majority of females in fiction pieces were portrayed in that manner!

For ANPCs II, Currently 81 NPCs are in development (this will get trimmed to 70 like...See more
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Trevor A April 20, 2019 6:52 pm UTC
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I don't want to give too many spoilers out was we are far away from release, but here is a Drow NPC I'm working on:

https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/538456240661987338/569233899633246208/darkelffemale_kingkostas2018_by_kingkostas_dcff527-pre.jpg
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Christopher B April 22, 2019 10:38 am UTC
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Hi Trevor, thank you for responding to my concerns about some of the art in ANPC. I appreciate that you are committed to producing inclusive content with future supplements. Also, thank you for the sneak peak at the Drow NPC. Best Regards, Chris
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clive S April 09, 2019 7:56 pm UTC
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Hi Trevor, I hear you are getting ready for print on demand, I cannot wait. Are you able at this stage to give a time to print on demand and the cost.
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Trevor A April 09, 2019 8:37 pm UTC
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Hi Clive,

Thanks for your kind words! I cannot wait either!! The samples have been ordered are being delivered as we speak. If they look good, I can give OBS the go ahead and Adaptable NPC's will be made available for print. I'm hoping well before the end of April.

Regarding price, I'm not sure what the cost is yet. There should be soft and hard cover options available and I'm working with the DMsGuild to have discount codes emailed out to people who already bought the PDF version, so they can get the discount that new purchasers (PDF & Print) will get.

As always, everything is tentative until it goes live, but I hope this helps!
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clive S April 10, 2019 4:23 am UTC
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Thank you Trevor,

I will definitely be purchasing the Hard Cover Version.
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Greg A March 21, 2019 2:35 pm UTC
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I'm a happy owner. Would it be possible to include a change log here or in the PDF itself, with each version release? I annotate my copy on my iPad so must weigh the pro/con of getting an updated version. Or maybe there is one and I overlooked it just now.
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Trevor A March 21, 2019 3:40 pm UTC
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Hi Greg,
Thank you for the kind words! For your question, other than the change from 1.0 to 1.1 where the Nightblade was changed from a humanoid to a construct (with a lore change), the later versions have only included minor typo fixes. v1.3 should be the last version of this supplement, as (spoiler alert) Adaptable NPCs is getting ready for Print on Demand. No timeline, but you should not see any more revisions unless obvious errors are found.
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Ryan R March 25, 2019 7:22 pm UTC
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Will this be the version 1.5 that I think I saw you mention on twitter, the big revision/addition?
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Trevor A March 25, 2019 7:41 pm UTC
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Hi Ryan,

v1.3 will be the version that goes into print (unless you've found some errors... please let me know!!!). You can always reach out to myself and others talking about my products on my personal discord community server: https://discord.gg/N7MM93a (copy/paste that into your browser).

The v1.5 document that I believe you are referencing is actually Grimlore's Grimoire, which is getting a huge overhaul (formatting & new spells added). However, there is no ETA for that release. You can follow the product here: https://www.dmsguild.com/product/250265/Grimlores-Grimoire?affiliate_id=1549348 , and I'll post on the listing & social media when the update is live.
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CHRIS C March 08, 2019 9:27 pm UTC
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If you're wondering if it's worth it - it's worth it! Ever had a moment in your planning, where you're going....'Uhhh...." - well, this content is exactly what you need to spark your imagination and get your quest plans back on track without all the extra work. You can quickly find an NPC for almost any context and they're scaled to match the strength of your party. It even has a few nice side quests in the back of the book - I don't regret purchasing this item at all.

Great job!
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Trevor A March 10, 2019 7:58 pm UTC
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Thank you so much for your kind words!!
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Trevor A February 01, 2019 5:50 am UTC
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The supplement has just been updated to v1.2
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Zachary I January 22, 2019 5:16 am UTC
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Hey! Love the product. One question: are we able to get the art without the stat block? Thanks!
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Trevor A January 22, 2019 3:12 pm UTC
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Hi Zach,

Thanks for the high praise! Unfortunately, I will not be uploading a separate document/download with just the character art, as I would like to drive traffic to the artist's portfolios.

Please see page 2 of the supplement. Under the credits section, you will find all of the artist's name with a hyperlink back to their portfolios, containing all of the source art used in this supplement. You can download the individual pieces and print them off as desired.

These artists were absolutely fantastic to work with, so please go check out all of their work!
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William L January 22, 2019 3:55 am UTC
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Hey Trevor thank you for the work you put into this document im real glad to have it in my toolbox. However there is one issue I cant wrap my head around for somereason I caant add bookmarks to the pdf for easier navigation. Any idea whats going on?
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Trevor A January 22, 2019 3:08 pm UTC
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Hi William,

I am not 100% sure as you should be able to add your own bookmarks - this product was created with InDesign. If you cannot figure it out, know that I've hyperlinked all of the entries on pages 2 & 3 to jump to the correct page with the indicated NPC or Adventure.
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jody T March 21, 2019 5:52 pm UTC
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I have run into the same bookmarking problem. This is a nice and useful product, but being able to set up my own navigation keys for use on the fly would be very helpful.
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Trevor A March 21, 2019 6:26 pm UTC
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Hi Jody,

What version of Adobe Acrobat are you using? With Adobe Acrobat Pro DC I'm able to add bookmarks without issue: https://imgur.com/W4amBmQ

What happens when you try to add a bookmark?
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Shane P January 04, 2019 2:05 am UTC
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There seems to be an error currently when DLing this file
PDF.js v2.0.673 (build: 31012570)
Message: Invalid PDF structure
I would really like this to be fixed.
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Trevor A January 04, 2019 2:16 am UTC
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Hi Shane,
I just redownload the file without issue. I would maybe try the download again, and reach out to DMs Guild customer support if the issue persists.
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Shane P January 04, 2019 2:16 am UTC
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I refreshed the page and tried DLing it from the Library page and it 'seemed' to work. Not sure if you want to look into this.
Thumbs Up!
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Trevor A January 04, 2019 2:18 am UTC
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Glad it worked for you. Seems to be an issue on the DMs Guild side.
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Ian B January 22, 2019 12:36 pm UTC
Hello you have incredible ratings and people really love your work. I just created my first work and I was wondering if someone such as yourself could take time to look over it and critique it for me. Sorry if this is an odd place to ask but I'm not sure how to send a message any other way. I will send a complimentary copy if you are interested.
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Trevor A January 25, 2019 12:56 am UTC
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You can reach out to me on twitter (@Grimtainment) to discuss this further.
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Chuck B December 31, 2018 4:56 am UTC
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Any plan to turn this into a hardcover print on demand? Great content and certainly enough of it for a printed format I think :)
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Trevor A December 31, 2018 6:38 am UTC
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Hi Chuck,
Thank you so much for your kind words! I would love for this to be a PoD, but ultimately that decision is made by the WotC / OBS. If they approached me, certainly I would like to make it happen, as I designed this supplement to be printed should the option arise.
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James T December 30, 2018 3:03 am UTC
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This is excellent. The artwork and the characters really work well together. Is there any way that we can get tokens for addition to our VTTs? It's not possible to create tokens for all of the images.
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Trevor A December 30, 2018 3:25 am UTC
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Hi James,

Thank you for your high praise! For tokens, I will be converting this into Fantasy Grounds within the next week. As part of that process, I will be making pog tokens for each NPC, so I will add them to the map download zip folder when they are done.
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James T January 01, 2019 5:49 pm UTC
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Super cool. thank you
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Trevor A January 07, 2019 3:44 pm UTC
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These tokens have now been included in v1.1
Cheers!
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Mike R December 29, 2018 9:18 pm UTC
Will definitely purchase as soon as Fantasy Grounds conversion is done. Looks great!
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Trevor A December 29, 2018 9:30 pm UTC
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Hi Mike,
Thank you! It is currently in the works and should be out by the end of next week.
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Trevor A January 07, 2019 3:44 pm UTC
CREATOR
Hi Mike,

The Fantasy Grounds version has been finished and is available for sale here: https://www.dmsguild.com/product/263392/Adaptable-NPCs-Fantasy-Grounds
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